Overheard in the staffroom

The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom does anyone know how long people stay in teaching now?

Elaine C: According to my friend, who's an NAS rep, 70 per cent of newly qualified teachers leave within four years of qualifying.

teenagers and compulsory cookery classesStroodpaul: No one should leave school unable to feed themselves in a healthy way.Cool_calm_collected: What's the point of this "healthy eating" push at school if we then send them out knowing how to make pot noodles and toast and b***er all else!

Inky: The emphasis should be on practical skills rather than on designing pizzas containing food types for a healthy meal and other activities with bogus "food industry" associations.

can white teachers teach black history?

youcancallmesir: Last week Sharon Foster, the black author of the BBC drama Shoot the Messenger, argues that white teachers should stop teaching special lessons on black history. I think she is being incredibly naive. What do you think?

Tickveegee: Who else is going to teach it then? There's only one black teacher in my school, and he teaches maths.Coolasacucumber: Did she also say that black teachers should not teach white history?

2sides2it: Positive discrimination is as divisive as discrimination; a teacher is a teacher regardless of skin colour.Seren_dipity: I've taught the holocaust and I'm neither Jew nor Nazi.

S_f_t_t: I think the author is right. History is history, neither white, black or anything else. If parents want something different, they can teach it themselves.

These comments are the personal opinions of individual contributors

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